Monday, March 30, 2015
Sunday, March 29, 2015
A good one-man band performer in the tradition of Joe Hill Louis and Dr. Ross, Blind Joe Hill accompanied his craggy vocals with guitar, bass, and drums. He was among the last in the tradition, and that adds some value to his recordings, despite a derivative playing style and erratic compositional skills.
(Allmusic, Ron Wynn)
Blind Joe Hill's first Lp on Barrelhouse has been posted earlier on this blog.
The Louisiana blues vet's 1977 comeback album was a well-done affair, capturing some of the flavor of his '50s material (but with a modern edge). Producers Bruce Bromberg and Dennis Walker (who doubled on bass) recruited guitarist Phillip Walker, a longtime Sundown cohort, to handle some of the fret load, and the predominantly original songlist was worthy of Sundown's lowdown sound. (Allmusic, Bill Dahl)
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
From now on I'll be using this post for your requests that I'll copy from the Chatbox. I'll do my best to keep it up te date.You may also leave requests, comments and replies in the usual way and after moderation they will appear. As this posting will drop down the list with every new posting I will update it once a week to insure that it stays visible and near the top. Comments will be deleted regulary to keep them up to date.
Please do not request new or easy to find CD's as they will not be posted here. There are other excellent blogs that can help you out with your request.
That all been said we will have to start from scratch with the requests.
01-09-2014 Steve626: Big Joe Turner - The Real Boss of The Blues on Bluestime
07-09-2014 Leroy Slim: VA - Savannah Syncopators (CBS [UK]
12-09-2014: Riley: VA - Orange County Special (Flyright)
15-09-2014: Kempen: Snooks Eaglin: Message From New Orleans (Heritage vinyl)
03-10-2014 Anonymous: Herwin 405 "Cannonball: Piano Ragtime Of The Teens, Twenties & Thirties Vol. 2" and Wolf WSE106/WBCD-006: James "Yank" Rachel: Complete recordings in chronological order Vol. 1 (1934-38)
03-10-2014: Aunt Fin: New Orleans Willie Jackson – 1926-1928, Old Tramp – OT-1215
03-10-2014 Fabio: CC Richardson - Blues Of The City (Blue Jay) & I Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues
10-10-2014 Anonymous: Down Home Slide – Testament record
14-10-2014 Anonymous: Memphis Slim - 'If The Rabbit Had a Gun LP
17-10-2014 Sanma Bluesandroll: Wade Walton: Shake Em On Down" Bluesville LP BV 1060
19-10-2014 Anonymous: Screamin' Joe Neal - Rock & Roll Deacon
26-10-2014 Anonymous: Big Bill Broonzy – Lonesome Road Blues LP
27-01-2015 Sam Blues: Big George Brock LP call "Should Have been there".
Litlte mack simmons religious works (70' lp's)
22-02-2015: Pablow: Harmonica Frank Floyd: Blues That Made The Roosters Dance (Barrelhouse)
03-03-2015: Anonymous: Cash McCall's - Omega Man (Paula)
03-03-2015 Marineband: San Francisco Blues Festival 
Jefferson Records BL-602 (1977).
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Willie James Foster, known around his home of Greenville, Mississippi as the "Godfather of The Blues", says, I am the blues from the bottom of my foot to the hair on my head. I was born in the blues, raised in the blues and lived the blues.
Willie Foster was born Sept. 19, 1921 on a cotton sack four miles east of Leland while his mother was picking cotton. After that experience she was never able to have any more children. His family share cropped and made about $100 a year. He bought juice harps at age 5 or 6 and made a diddley bow on the side of the house. Bought his first harmonica for 25 cents he saved from carrying water to the fields for two weeks at age seven. With no sisters or brothers he helped his family farm and shared cropped from age 7 to 17 often with sacks tied on his feet for shoes. He only got to attend school until fourth grade and later years only when it rained and he couldn’t go to the field.
At age 17 Willie migrated north to Detroit where he worked in the auto industry. During WWII, he joined the army and was sent to Europe. There he played his harmonica for Joe Louis and Betty Grable at a show in London for the soldiers.
Willie had heard Muddy Waters in jukes in Mississippi but met him in Chicago. Willie and his three piece band from St.Louis often toured with Muddy's band.
He came back to Mississippi in 1963 to take care of his dad who was involved in a severe car accident. He worked around the Delta and started playing jukes around Holly Ridge, Indianola, and Greenville.
Midge Marsden , a New Zealander, heard Willie in 1991 while visiting the Mississippi Delta and invited him to play there for three months. Willie's career started to take off after his return home. Since then he has played over seas several times and all over the United States with his band "The Rhytmn and Blues Upsetters."
Willie Foster can be heard on Palindrome Records,"My Life" and RMD Music, Willie J. Foster, "At Home With The Blues". His latest CD with The Rhytmn and Blues Upsetters is "Live At Airport Grocery" on Mempho Records.
(taken from http://deltaboogie.com/deltamusicians/fosterw/)
Isaiah "Doc" Ross was a throwback to a bygone era; a true one-man band, he played harmonica, acoustic guitar, bass drum and high-hat simultaneously, creating a mighty racket harking back to the itinerant country-blues players wandering the Delta region during the earlier years of the 20th century. Born Charles Isaiah Ross on October 21, 1925 in Tunica, Mississippi, he took early inspiration from the music of Robert Johnson, Blind Boy Fuller and Sonny Boy Williamson I; primarily a harpist -- hence his nickname "The Harmonica Boss" -- he only added the other instruments in his arsenal in order to play a USO show while a member of the army during World War II. (The "Doc" moniker was acquired because he carried his harmonicas in a doctor's bag.) Upon his release from the military, Ross settled in Memphis, where he became a popular club fixture as well as the host of his own radio show on station WDIA; during his club residency he was witness to a number of brutal murders, however, and swore off appearances in such venues during the later years of his life. During the early 1950s, Ross recorded his first sides -- among them "Chicago Breakdown" -- for labels including Sun and Chess; in 1954 he settled in Flint, Michigan, where he went to work as a janitor for General Motors, a position he held until retiring. In 1965 he cut his first full-length LP, Call the Doctor, and that same year mounted his first European tour; as the years passed Ross performed live with decreasing frequency, however, and was infamous for backing out of shows to catch his beloved Detroit Tigers on television. Upon winning a Grammy for his 1981 album Rare Blues, he experienced a career resurgence, and played festival dates to great acclaim prior to his death on May 28, 1993.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Though some reports have suggested he has been hard to work with, Dawkins' "Transatlantic 770" nevertheless is a blistering guitar driven Chicago blues affair. Yes, there are horns but they are definitely brushed to the site and do not overtake (as can usually happen) as Jimmy's sharp, stinging electric leads plow their way through effectively throughout this platter. Most tunes are given a slight 70's funk feeling and ballads such as "Think twice before you speak", "The mighty hawk" & "Love and understanding" either use strings or keys (instead of horns) to accompany them which really helps avoid such banal arrangement difficulties. It may seem as though there is not much extended improvisation (though Dawkins comes close on "All for business") but it is not as apparent as other such albums lacking in this department as Jimmy's guitar work is so impressive that one can enjoy the many short lead breaks here just as much as if they had been stretched out a little more. Catchy tunes abound as half the album surprisingly includes Dawkins originals, five to be exact. My favorite parts are the real upbeat numbers like the rocking "Stone dead" and the lightning speed of the closing "No more trouble" which has a very busy bass line job for Bob Brunning but he keeps up the pace tremendously here. This probably doesn't touch the best of it's genere but it sure can't be far off that level.